Nemo wrote:People who are always about the money have neither renunciation or generosity. They are "practical". Bodhisattvas are not. We are just a hobby Buddhists. Posers. Amateurs.
This is well said, though what comes to mind is that, at least here in Taiwan, Buddhist organizations are presently thriving because they are both practical and utilize people with practical skills in worldly matters (such as accounting, web design, book publication, etc...). This enables things to get done quickly and efficiently and leaves the door open for practitioners to practice with 100% support.
Unlike in Tibetan Buddhism, monastics in Taiwan don't need sponsors. They have food, shelter, clothing, medical care and anything else they need. As a layperson you can also just show up, get three square meals a day and a place to sleep, and they won't even ask you to pay for anything either.
I constantly see Tibetan organizations struggling, and so they have to charge money for anyone wanting to stay and eat lunch. Again, here in Taiwan the organizations are tied in heavily with worldly matters, but the result is that things get done, resources are plentiful and the renunciates can be supported without any worries. The general laypeople in accounting or web design might not be doing Dharma practice, but they still earn merit and cultivate connections. There is a place for everyone and anyone can contribute something.
There is a trade-off of course. Buddhism here is half Buddhadharma and half a social organization. You don't hear much about suffering and samsara. But such a system seems to work pretty well given modern day circumstances.
In other words, being practical is necessary in some contexts. As an individual yogi renunciate, that can be tossed out the window, but if you want your Buddhism to thrive in the world and have the resources to support a lot of people who do both practice and benevolent deeds for others, then practicality when it comes to worldly matters is essential. Bodhisattvas need to be realistic.